Equality and Diversity Management Inside the Institutions of the European Union

A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of Their Human Resources Legal Framework


  • Silvia Manessi University of Salamanca, Spain




corpus linguistics, human resources management, European institutions, equality and diversity


The aim of this paper is to analyse the legal framework regulating the careers of civil servants working for the EU institutions and reveal how the values of equality and diversity are communicated and embedded in their daily lives. The research examines the English language used in the HR legal framework of the EU institutions and explores the linguistic aspects related to equality and diversity management and inclusive language.

The starting point of this research is the idea that the European Union is based on the values of democracy, the rules of law and the equal treatment of its citizen, who are celebrated for their diversity. It is thus highly relevant to look at the EU in action and see if it is consistent in the understanding and application of these values.

The methodological approach of this research entailed the creation and analysis of a unique corpus composed of all the applicable HR legal provisions in force within the EU institutions, and the examination of the linguistic features (word lists by frequency, concordances, collocations and lexical bundles) of the terminology related to four different areas of equality and diversity – the LGBTI community, gender, the elderly and persons with a disability – with the final aim to take stock of the related developments in the use of the English language.

The results indicate that the language used in the EU HRM legal framework is not in line with the EU values of equality and diversity, and the research concludes with highlighting possible improvements of the language used in the corpus.


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How to Cite

Manessi, S. (2020). Equality and Diversity Management Inside the Institutions of the European Union: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of Their Human Resources Legal Framework. Journal for Foreign Languages, 12(1), 223–240. https://doi.org/10.4312/vestnik.12.223-240